The good folks at Swim Las Vegas are hosting the inaugural Slam the Dam open water swim on Saturday October 2, 2010 at Lake Mead. The swim features 1.2 mile, 2.4 mile and 8K courses. Swimmers also have the option of swimming the Super Slam (1.2 mile + 2.4 mile) or the Grand Slam (1.2 mile + 8K).
Wetsuits and "tech suits" are permitted, however wearing one will render you ineligible for awards. Anyone swimming the 8K distance is required to provide their own kayak support. The great thing about the shorter distances is that you do not have to provide your own support boat.
I am most excited for the Grand Slam which is an 8K point-to-point swim followed by a 1.2 mile swim (for a total distance of about 10K or 6.2 miles). I like the idea of a point-to-point swim instead of starting and stopping at the same place. I also like the idea of taking a break after the 8K to get ready for the 1.2 mile swim. The faster I swim on the 8K, the longer the rest I get before the 1.2 mile.
Slam the Dam is shaping up to be one of the best open water swims in the region and one that I plan to add to my annual "must do" events.
Registration fees are set to increase on September 1, but if you mail in your entry (postmarked by September 6), you can still take advantage of early bird pricing. You can also register on Active.com.
For any Utah swimmers making the trip, we are going to try to meet up for dinner the night before, or the night after the swim. If you are interested in joining us, leave a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.